Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cocoa Chipotle Almonds


When I was little and I wanted a snack my Mom would tell me to eat a handful of almonds.  "Almonds are the king of nuts."  she would always say.  I would always wonder why they weren't the queen of nuts, and not want to eat them thinking the raw almonds were rather bland.  Now that I am an adult I appriciate almonds for their flavor, as well as their nutritional benefits.  Mom was right, they do make a great snack and keep the hunger monster at bay.  I was feeling like I needed some more good high protein snacking options as of lately, so what better then some sort of jazzed up almond?  The Mexican hot cocoa I often make, gave me the idea to put the same flavors onto an almond.  So I whisked together some cocoa, maple sugar, chipotle powder, cinnamon and sea salt and adhered it to the almonds with some agave nectar.  I then baked the almonds to toast them, coated them in more of the mixture, and as soon as they were just cool enough, I dove in!  Forget just having a snack I had a few...what can I say, toasted nuts right out of the oven are addictive!

Cocoa Chipotle Almonds
Makes 4 cups

4 cups whole raw almonds
2 Tbsp agave nectar
3 Tbsp maple sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp  plus 1/8 ground chipotle powder
1 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, line a sheet pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.  In a large bowl, toss almonds with agave nectar until well coated.  In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chipotle powder, and sea salt, then pour 2/3 of the mixture over almonds (reserving last 1/3) and toss well to coat.  Spread out on prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven for 7-10 minutes until almonds are fragrant and toasted.  Toss with remaining cocoa mixture, let cool slightly, then dive in!

7 comments:

  1. These almonds sound so yummy! I love spiced chocolate so covering almonds with cocoa, cinnamon and chipotle must create a delicious snack :). I'll definitely have to try that.

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  2. The king or queen of nuts...either way, almonds reign supreme! I love them...and I have found that I appreciate them more the older that I get. These nuts look delicious! Thanks for sharing, my friend! I hope you are having a beautiful evening.

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  3. Yummmmmmm!!! I love almonds... and these look so delicious! Can't wait to try the recipe! They most definitely look addicting! :)

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  4. I love guiltless snacks! These look great ... I love the inclusion of the chili (and being from New England, I also love that you used maple sugar :D)!!!

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  5. Oh yum...love the chipotle flavor. I'm not a fan of plan almonds, but the jazzed up ones I can't resist.

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  6. Wow these look delicious! What a great snack!

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  7. OMG I love this! I love spicy nuts! eerrrr...you know what I mean.

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